What is best in life? WRONG! To burr grind your beans, to pour over your water, and to hear the filtration of your coffee.
Some people drink coffee because it’s hot and wet. Others because it wakes them up in the morning… or at night. Still others because it’s almost wine-like in flavor, sophistication, and experience. Now, I can drink the hell out of a cup of Tim Hortons on a cold day but most of the time, I make my own. That’s partly because the only good local espresso bar is on the other shore of the island, and partly because I just love making it. And, luckily, a lot of the stuff I use to make my perfect cup of coffee is currently on Black Friday sale.
These are my go-tos.
The best beans
Philz Philtered Soul
$30 at Amazon
Like coffee and chocolate had a baby
If you have a plentiful supply of terrific, locally-roasted coffee beans, by all means get those. I don’t. So, I’ve subscribed to Blue Bottle in the past and, more recently, just ordered a ton of Philz Coffee. Sadly, they don’t ship Mint Mojito, but they do ship Philtered Soul. And it’s terrific. So is Tesora.
The best burr grinder
Baratza Virtuoso+ Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
$250 at Amazon (was $269)
The daily grind for your daily grind
I have the older, non-digital version of the Baratza Virtuoso and, bless its conical burrs, it’s the best grinder I’ve ever used. You can dial it in to exactly the grind you want, from espresso machine to Bodem, and then it does all the work. Precisely. Perfectly. Every time. Honestly, I wish I worked as well as this grinder.
The best coffee kettle
$50 at Amazon (was $100)
Water. Boiled. Hot.
I know some people prefer the OXO BREW and my friend and colleague, Daniel Bader, just recommended the Hario Stainless Steel V60 — and he knows of what he boils — but I’ve been using the Bonavita for a couple of years now. It’s great for AeroPress and the long neck makes it perfect for pour-over as well.
The best coffee maker
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
$27 at Amazon (was $32)
Great coffee, great price, no waiting
You can get a Chemex if you enjoy the zen aspects of slowly swirling the water over the grounds to make your coffee. Me, I want — I need — my coffee now. That’s why I want and need Aeropress. If you need more than one or two cups, sure, go back to Chemex or even Bodem. But for that one perfect cup, AeroPress all the way.
The best coffee cups
Le Creuset Stoneware 12-Ounce Mug
$14 at Amazon (was $20)
Best looking if not best period
We can argue like gentle-people about what’s really the best coffee mug. But I use these Le Creuset Stoneware 12-Ounce Mug in a variety of Lego-like colors and they never fail to impress. Now, some people love the Amazon versions and prices. Others think they’re more outlet than high-end. If you have any doubts, just buy them directly. Either way, pour and enjoy.